St. Isaac the Confessor, founder of the Dalmatian Monastery at Constantinople (383).
St. James, monk of Starotorzhok Monastery in Galich (Kostroma) (15th c.-16th c).
St. Macrina, grandmother of Sts. Macrina, Basil the Great, Naucratius, Peter of Sebaste, and Gregory of Nyssa (4th c.). St. Venantius of Gaul, brother of St. Honoratus of Lerins (374). St. Hubert, bishop of Liege (727).
Repose of Abbot Ephraim of Sarov (1778) and Hieromonk Benedict (Ghius) of Romania (1990).
Sunday of the Holy Fathers. [Acts 20:16–18,
28–36; John 17:1–13]
Arias began to deny the divinity of the
Son of God and His oneness in essence with God the Father.
The entire Church rose up against him; all believers, from
all ends of the earth, unanimously confessed that the Lord
Jesus Christ is the Only-Begotten Son of God, true God of
true God; begotten, not made, of one essence with the
Father. One would think that this unanimity was purely
coincidental, but this faith was then tried by fire when
the authorities and powerful of this world began to side
with the Arians. Neither fire, nor sword, nor persecution
could extinguish this faith, and it was immediately found
everywhere among everyone, as soon as the pressure from
external powers ceased. This means that it makes up the
heart of the Church and the essence of her confession.
Glory be to the Lord, Who preserves this faith within us!
For, as long as it exists, we are still Christians, though
we may not live as such. If it ceases to exist,
Christianity will end.